North, Michael

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Kaplan 286
Tel: 310.825.4173 / Fax: 310.267.4339 / E-mail



B.A. 1973 Stanford University; M.A. 1976 University of Connecticut; Ph.D. 1980 University of Connecticut.



20th-Century British and American Literature; Post-Colonial Literature; Inter-relationships between Art and Literature; Politics and Literature; Race, Ethnicity, and Language.


Selected Works

“The Afterlife of Modernism.” New Literary History, 50 (Winter 2019): 91-112; What Is the Present? Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018; Novelty: A History of the New (2013); Machine-Age Comedy (2009); Camera Works: Photography and the Twentieth-Century Word (2005); The Waste Land: A Norton Critical Edition (2001); Reading 1922: A Return to the Scene of the Modern (1999); The Dialect of Modernism: Race, Language, and Twentieth-Century Literature (1994); The Political Aesthetic of Yeats, Eliot, and Pound (1991); The Final Sculpture: Public Monuments and Modern Poets (1985); Henry Green and the Writing of His Generation (1984).


Additional Information

After receiving his B.A. at Stanford University, Michael North attended the University of Connecticut, where he was granted the Ph.D. in 1980. Since that time, he has taught at the College of William and Mary and the University of California, Los Angeles, where he has held the rank of Professor since 1991. The primary focus of his teaching and scholarship is the Anglophone literature of the last hundred years, with particular concentration on race, politics, and the visual arts. In addition to the books listed above, he has published articles on modern art, literature, and politics in journals including Critical Inquiry, American Literary History, American Literature, PMLA and Contemporary Literature. He has received a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a UC President’s Research Fellowship, the Modernist Studies Association Book Prize (2006), the Robert Motherwell Book Award (2014), and the Norman Foerster Award for the best article to appear in American Literature (1983). In 2012 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Interest Areas
• American Literature & Culture